fish tacos

Baja-California style battered spicy fish tacos

  • serves 4
  • Easy

These Baja-California style fish tacos are a classic Mexican peninsular snack. Gently spiced and fried in a crisp batter, serve with pickled chillies, purple slaw and homemade avocado crema dressing and you're good to go!



  • skinless, boneless cod loin 450g, cut into pieces
  • corn tortillas 8 small
  • coriander leaves to serve
  • hot sauce to serve


  • red cabbage 1 small, very finely shredded
  • sea salt
  • limes 2, juiced


  • avocado 1, peeled, stoned and diced
  • half-fat crème fraîche 4 tbsp
  • coriander a handful
  • lime 1, juiced


white wine vinegar 100ml
  • caster sugar 50g
  • red chillies 4, sliced into rounds


  • plain flour 100g
  • cornflour 30g, plus extra to dust
  • ground cumin 1 tsp
  • hot smoked paprika 1 tsp
  • ice-cold soda water
  • oil for deep frying


  • Step 1

    To make the slaw, put the cabbage in a large bowl. Sprinkle over 1 tsp sea salt then add the lime juice and toss. Leave for 20 minutes, tossing now and then.

  • Step 2

    To make the crema, put the avocado, crème fraîche, coriander and lime juice in a blender. Whizz, then add water to make a drizzlable sauce. Season with salt.

  • Step 3

    To make the pickled chillies, heat the vinegar, sugar and 100ml water in a pan. Add the chillies and simmer for 2 minutes. Pour into a bowl or clean jar and cool.

  • Step 4

    To batter the fish, mix the dry ingredients with ice-cold soda water to make a thick batter and season. Fill a pan no more than 1/3 full of oil then heat to 180C (or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds). Dust the fish pieces lightly with cornflour then dip into the batter. Fry for 3-4 minutes until crisp.

  • Step 5

    Griddle the tortillas and keep warm in foil.

  • Step 6

    To assemble, add some slaw to each tortilla. Top with the fish, drizzle over the avocado crema and top with pickled chillies, coriander leaves and hot sauce, if you like.

Watch our 20-second video for the easiest way to stone an avocado...

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 614
  • Fat 26.2g
  • Saturates 6.8g
  • Carbs 60.8g
  • Sugars 15.7g
  • Fibre 10.1g
  • Protein 28.6g
  • Salt 1.6g